Utah historian J. Seth Anderson this month released a new book that highlights a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief that was prepared by a team of lawyers at the Firm led by Paul C. Burke, Brett L. Tolman, and John W. Mackay. This amicus brief was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 in its landmark cases of United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry on behalf of the Utah Pride Center, the Campaign for Southern Equality, the Equality Federation, and equality organizations in 25 “red” states. The U.S. Supreme Court then struck down the challenged part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and affirmed the invalidation of California’s Proposition 8.
During the pendency of these cases, Burke, Tolman and Mackay published a column on June 1, 2013 in the Salt Lake Tribune outlining the system of discriminatory laws that existed in Utah to denigrate LGBT Utahns. Two months before Judge Robert Shelby’s landmark ruling in Kitchen v. Herbert in December 2013, the trio correctly predicted that “Marriage Equality Will Arrive in Utah Soon.” Earlier this month, the trio wrote another Tribune column highlighting the repeal of the last vestige of Utah’s ant-gay laws.